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Gu Junzheng

(1902-1980) Chinese author and translator whose handful of genre works represented the bulk, indeed almost all, Chinese sf published in the troubled 1930s, with the exception of Lao She's Maocheng Ji ["A Record of the City of Cats"] (1933; rev 1947; trans W A Lyell as Cat Country 1970). Gu was the son of a rice trader, and poverty curtailed his education after high school, although he subsequently became a primary school teacher, and then the editor of a series of juvenile magazines in ...

Wyss, Johann David Von

(1743-1818) Swiss philosopher and author, of sf interest for Der Schweizerische Robinson (1812-1813; trans William Godwin as The Family Robinson Crusoe 1814) [for subtitles of original and trans see Checklist below], a nonfantastic tale which nevertheless – together with the tale which inspired it, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) – served as a central model for sf tales of the Colonization of Other Worlds (see Imperialism). The book was frequently expanded, modified, adapted, ...

Dunan, Renée

(1892-1936) French journalist and author, whose birth data seem secure but whose death date has been challenged, though without much evidence to counter the printed record. Baal, ou La Magicienne passionée, live des ensorcellements ["Baal; Or, the Passionate Sorceress"] (1924) and Les Amants du diable ["The Lovers of the Devil"] (1929) – translated together by Brian Stableford as Baal; The Devil's Lovers (omni 2015) – are of modest sf interest for their use of tropes in a ...

O'Leary, Con

(1888-1958) Irish-born author in whose sf novel, The Delicate Creature (1928), a woman is given a Drug that induces a range of Identity Transfer experiences, including life as a mouse, and as her own betrayed husband. [JC]

Kane, Bob

Working name of US Comic-book writer, artist and animator Robert Kahn (1915-1998), who is best known for co-creating Batman with writer Bill Finger. Kane's career began as a trainee animator at the Max Fleischer Studio; he joined the Eisner-Eiger comic-book workshop in 1937, drawing gag cartoons and a comedy adventure strip called Peter Pupp. His first work published by National (which later became DC Comics) included the two-page filler "Oscar the Gumshoe" for Detective Comics #18 (August ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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